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A  Novel


by Matthew Runals


Magical Realism. Dystopian.


Thirteen-year-old Joey is in trouble. His mother can hardly feed him, which-because of his small size-is saying a lot. As war moves closer to their little town, his mother's options for more work are a big fat zero. Desperate, she sends him to a place where he won't starve. Soon after arriving, however, Joey learns that he and the hundreds of other children aren't just charity cases. Lapidius is a prestigious military institute that develops specialized skills for combat. But Lapidius is also a mysterious place where Joey learns that the battle for which they are being trained is full of magic, malevolence, and monsters.

A Post-Apocalyptic Appalachian Story

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